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Los Angeles School District Sued Over Teacher Layoffs

LOS ANGELES – (AP) A civil rights group has sued the Los Angeles Unified School District and the state, claiming thousands of teacher layoffs deprive poor inner-city children of their right to an education. The lawsuit filed Wednesday contends the budget-cutting measures disproportionately...

The International Scene: Schoolyard Fight, Workplace Violence, Sleep Disorders, Farm Deaths, Workplace Safety

Here’s a round up of recent interesting news from around the world… Glasgow Teacher Gets Punched in Mouth, Denied Compensation. From Scotland we have the recent news story about a 58-year old teacher who tried to stop two pupils from fighting, but was punched in the mouth, breaking her...

L.A. Teachers Union Will Challenge Layoff Pact

LOS ANGELES - (AP) The Los Angeles teachers union is promising to challenge a proposed agreement that would change how teachers are laid off in the nation's second-largest school district, while education experts hail it as a landmark that could pave the way for changes in urban districts across...

Workers’ Compensation Centennial 1911-2011- California: Justice, Equality and a Decent Life

In 150 Years, San Francisco Bay Area Working Families Have Made Progress, But Still Fight for the Same Goals In the hundred and fifty year history of workers in the San Francisco Bay Area, the watershed event was one that happened 70 years ago – the San Francisco general strike. That year...

To Discipline or Not To Discipline

How Far May School Officials Go In Punishing Off-Campus Student or Faculty Misconduct? By Marc H. Zitomer, Esq. and Leslie A. Saint, Esq., Schenck, Price Smith & King Last summer, the topic of disciplining students for what they do when they’re not in school was in the news. ...

Pennsylvania Lawsuits: Whites Told They Can't Teach Blacks

PHILADELPHIA - (AP) Four white Philadelphia teachers filed federal race-bias lawsuits that accuse a black principal of creating a hostile work environment and suggesting they were unfit to teach black children. The teachers work at a predominantly black elementary school that has a recent history of...

Workers’ Compensation Centennial 1911-2011- California: Justice, Equality and a Decent Life

In 150 Years, San Francisco Bay Area Working Families Have Made Progress, But Still Fight for the Same Goals In the hundred and fifty year history of workers in the San Francisco Bay Area, the watershed event was one that happened 70 years ago – the San Francisco general strike. That year...

How Delaware's Password-Privacy Bill Would Impact Teachers

Delaware's Workplace Privacy Act, H.B. 308 will go to the Delaware House of Representatives one week from today. The Bill, if passed in its current form, would impact all employers, including teachers in the public and private sectors. You can read about some of the many other issues I have with...

The teacher who blogged about her "dunderhead" students is back!

And she's making news again... It's been nine long months since I blogged about a favorite of The Employer Handbook: Natalie Munroe. You can read about her here , here , here , and here . She is the PA teacher who, on her blog, described her students as argumentative f*cks who may engage...

Students, Teachers, and Social Media

Delaware was the first State to legislate the privacy of students' social-media passwords. California's legislature was the first and, so far, the only State to pass a bill that protects students' and employees' social-networking passwords . That bill is awaiting the signature of California's...

Filipino H-1B Teachers Win $4.5M Jury Verdict Against Recruiter

" A jury ordered a labor recruiting firm and its owner Monday to pay $4.5 million to 350 Filipino teachers they lured to teach in Louisiana public schools and forced into exploitive contracts after arriving in the United States through the federal guestworker program. Universal Placement International...

Dear Parents, We Own Your Child’s Copyrights, Signed – The School Board

A Board of Education in Maryland is attempting to exert ownership over the copyrights of teachers, students and employees. According to Fox News , a proposed draft from Maryland's Prince George County Board would provide the Board with copyright ownership in works "created by employees...

Advance Copy of DOS Proposed Rule: Exchange Visitor Program - Teachers

"The Department is amending existing regulations governing the teacher category of the Exchange Visitor Program. The proposed amendments clarify the duration of program participation; amend eligibility requirements with respect to verifying English proficiency; and reduce the required teaching or...

DOS Proposed Rule: Exchange Visitor Program - Teachers

"The Department is amending existing regulations governing the teacher category of the Exchange Visitor Program. The proposed amendments clarify the duration of program participation; amend eligibility requirements with respect to verifying English proficiency; and reduce the required teaching or...

Arizona: “Teachers for Africa” Participant Was Volunteer, Not Employee of Charity

An Arizona appellate court recently affirmed a finding by the state Industrial Commission that a claimant who worked for the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help ("IFESH") in its “Teachers for Africa” program was a volunteer and not an employee in spite of the fact...

Texas Teachers Face Deportation

"A few years ago, a school district in Texas found itself with a booming immigrant population and few teachers who spoke Spanish. So they started an ambitious recruitment program that brought in 260 teachers – from Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela – to meet their growing demand. Now...

Webinar May 14, 2014: State-Level Initiatives to Address Brain Waste Among Highly Educated Immigrants and Refugees: Special Focus on Nurses, Engineers, and Teachers

"Despite possessing postsecondary degrees and relevant work experience, many highly educated immigrants and refugees in the United States struggle to find employment that utilizes their talents and professional experience. Particularly in fields with strict certification or licensure requirements...

California State Judge: Teacher Employment Statutes Are Unconstitutional

LOS ANGELES — (Mealey’s) Five California statutes regarding the employment and retention of teachers that were challenged by California students are all unconstitutional, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge found in a tentative decision issued today ( Beatriz Vergara, et al. v. State...

Court: No First Amendment Right For Teacher to Trash Students Online

Welcome to The Employer Handbook. Extending the fifteen minutes of fame of a trash-talking blogger/teacher by a 300 word blog post. Dudes, do you remember Natalie Munroe? She's the teacher who enjoyed a cup of coffee in the spotlight a few years ago after getting suspended for bashing her...